The WAAV - CODAworx


Submitted by Scot DiStefano

Client: Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale and AP Communities

Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Completion date: 2022

Artwork budget: $200,000

Project Team


Scot DiStefano

Scot DiStefano Architect LLC

Project Manager for HACFL

Scott Strawbridge

Center for Sustainable, Healthy, Equitable Communities Inc.

Development Manager for AP Communities

Oscar Hentshel

AP Communities


Victor Arias

Victor Steel Corp

Executive Director

Tam English

Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale

Construction Administrator

Sharon Furtado

Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale


The WAAV is a marriage of three influences. It is an homage to the Wave Trolley Project once slated for Downtown Fort Lauderdale. When that project was terminated the site was sold to the Housing Authority where a significant Affordable Housing Project was built. Located along the East Coast Railroad and adjacent to some abandoned spurs, aesthetic inspiration and meaning were found. The piece is also a nod to the beautiful waves of Ft Lauderdale Beach and a gesture to the seemingly lost tradition of waving to passing trains. Making it part of the entry to the building was a found opportunity discovered during the design process and agreed upon by the building’s architect and developer.


The piece was not initially intended to be integrated with the architecture, but once the mass model was built, it was clear the sculpture wanted to be immediately adjacent to the building and not out by the railroad spur along the property line. Located as the entry feature to the building, the occupants get to experience the work from afar, while in transit to and from the building, and as a shaded seating area.


The project was conceptualized by Scott Strawbridge, former head of HACFL and, at the time, working as a NFP on behalf of HACFL. Scott said "I don't want to tell you what to do, but if you can conceptualize this as a "wave" that would be great... then he explained why.

The fabricator, Victor Steel, is an established artist and fabricator who did not flinch at the prospect of building this sculpture. He was also receptive to the request of the artist to come into his shop and actually assist with the fabrication of the art.

Additional Information

Project Team: Tam English / Executive Director, Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale Sharon Furtado / Construction Administrator, Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale Scott Strawbridge / Founder, Center for Sustainable Healthy Equitable Communities Hania Pietrzykowski / Corwil Architects Oscar Hentshel and Roberto Gonzalez / AP Communities Victor Arias / Victor Steel Corp, Fabricator